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2011 Hero: Bixi Toronto

Toronto News: 2011 Hero: Bixi Toronto [Torontoist] When Bixi Toronto launched in May, we were surprised at how quickly we fell for the sturdy, practical rides that popped up at solar-powered stations across the downtown core—turns out that the bike-share system appeals to even habitual TTC users and bike owners. Stormy when you leave home? Take the […]

On Sundays, Bike Pirates is Women and Trans Only

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Great article from The Grid TO about Sundays being women and trans-only at Bike Pirates, a small remedy to the male-dominated cycling scene: For the last three years, Sunday access to this non-profit, do-it-yourself bike collective has been reserved for women and transgendered people. “Mechanics’ shops have not really been a welcoming environment for women […]

How-To: TRON-ify your bike

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NOTE: This is a guest post by Emma Jenkin, who like most of us, craves a TRON LightBike, and set out to make an affordable one!   Learn more about Emma at the bottom of this post. Yes, all you need legally for your bike is a white light up front and a red rear […]

Video: How BIXI Toronto Bike-Sharing Works

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We have to share this fantastic video made by Ryan Carter about how Bixi Toronto works. Great job Ryan! Thanks for agreeing to having your video on BikingToronto.

Road Rule #1: Don’t Be A Jerk

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There’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the problems New York City is facing by having tons more cyclists on their streets (thanks to large amounts of new bikelanes and cycling infrastructure on their streets). Essentially, there are a lot more confrontations between cars, bikes and pedestrians… as they all have to […]

On The Blogs: How To Light Your Bike

The Night Rider

Excellent and timely lighting post from Stephen on Cycling50+ … a great rundown of the lights and reflectors you need to ensure drivers see you at night: Last week’s clock rewind is yet another dead giveaway that winter approaches. And it’s turned many bike commuters into night riders The basic trick to night riding is […]

On The Blogs: How To Signal Right Turns

Why I Signal Right Turns With My Left Arm

Not only is it a great post about signaling right turns with your left arm (instead of your right), but Duncan’s post on why he signals with his left has also spurred a great little discussion in the comments about the reasons why each method can be useful: It can be easy to forget or […]

Tips for Riding your Bike this Winter

Tips for Riding your Bike this Winter

This chilly morning proves it… winter is on the way to Toronto… To help get Toronto Cyclists ready for it (especially if you’re thinking of biking through winter for the first time)… we’ll start with this collection of links for you: Winter Biking in Toronto tips from the City of Toronto – They’ve posted a […]

On The Blogs: Car Insurance Tips for Driving near Cyclists

Esurance Offers Drivers Tips… From a Cyclist

Duncan’s City Ride brings us a cool sheet of tips from Esurance: While modern cyclists have traded in jaunty caps for high-tech helmets and Grand Canyon-sized potholes for smooth, paved streets, the dangers are still what they were in the good old days, which is to say significant. With more and more cars on the […]

On The Blogs: Dressing for Winter

Appropriate Dress

Over on Claire’s Fletcher Five blog, she talks about making sure her hands and face are warm as the weather cools down: I’m going to need some mittens. Probably several pairs, as I’m prone to losing stuff. And something to keep my nose and cheeks cozy. And legwarmers. The list goes on… A question for […]

The Complete 10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic

The last two weeks on BikingToronto have seen us publish 10 “Secrets” to Cycling with Traffic. These aren’t secrets of course, but they are things that new cyclists sometimes don’t know… so we thought we’d publish a series of them to help people new to riding their bikes around Toronto (and other big cities) learn […]

10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 10 of 10

Practice Your Route

Today we finish a series of 10 posts about cycling with car traffic. These are things we have learned from years of riding in downtown Toronto. Some of these tips you may have seen before in other places, and some will be new. This is not meant to be a complete list… there are more […]

10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 9 of 10

Avoid the Right Hook

Today we continue a series of 10 posts about cycling with car traffic. These are things we have learned from years of riding in downtown Toronto. Some of these tips you may have seen before in other places, and some will be new. This is not meant to be a complete list… there are more […]

10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 8 of 10

Ride With Others

Today we continue a series of 10 posts about cycling with car traffic. These are things we have learned from years of riding in downtown Toronto. Some of these tips you may have seen before in other places, and some will be new. This is not meant to be a complete list… there are more […]

10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: Part 7 of 10

Make Them THINK You’re Unpredictable

Today we continue a series of 10 posts about cycling with car traffic. These are things we have learned from years of riding in downtown Toronto. Some of these tips you may have seen before in other places, and some will be new. This is not meant to be a complete list… there are more […]



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